Beyond the Sea
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Jan
Kevin Spacey all but becomes Bobby Darin for
The film co-stars Brenda Blethyn, Bob Hoskins, John Goodman, and Kate Bosworth as his famous movie star wife Sandra Dee. And it's earning reviews that suggest Spacey's performance is the highlight of a film that's out of tune.
Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) says Spacey "is very impressive. His phrasing and tonal qualities match [Darin's] almost perfectly. Unfortunately the rest of the film doesn't measure up to the same standard of excellence. Perhaps Spacey decided to wear one or two hats too many."
But Brett Willis (Christian Spotlight) disagrees: "I wouldn't have believed [Spacey] could play Bobby Darin, project a high-quality singing voice, inject the same intrasong banter as in the original recordings, and nail the on-stage moves. But, lo and behold, he does. Amazing work. Some are viewing this as an ego trip, a vanity exercise. Well, if it works, it's not vanity. And viewed as pure entertainment, it's technically brilliant."
Tom Neven (